Tuesday, August 15, 2017

THE GUIDE: REST & RESIST



T H E   G U I D E  |  R E S T   &  R E S I S T
A guide on mindfully absorbing the current abominable news & taking action against it . . .

I write this post with a heavy heart over the policies of white resentment that have culminated into the events of this past weekend in my home state of Virginia. At such a time, I cannot let this site be a function for mere politically correct topics. One cannot be well if their safety is jeopardised as those of many are currently. 
As a target minority myself—a female Muslim immigrant—I plead and urge you to take action. These events will still continue to occur, killing, injuring, and risking the safety of others as we remain silent. Many of these victims, such as immigrants like myself or blacks or members of the LGBTQ community, are voiceless—even blatantly posting this is a potential risk for me as an immigrant still-in-process*. If you are not a direct target, be the voice of the voiceless. 

A country is only as strong as the people who make it up and the country turns into what the people want it to become. Now, this country is going to be transformed. It will not be transformed by an act of God, but by all of us, by you and me.” — James Baldwin
Below are individual and systemic levels of action you can take to stay woke, resist, and rise others in solidarity . . .

*So, please excuse the non-blatant imagery that remains an accurate portrayal of the crying-in-bed scenario I experienced in reaction.


Rest & Synthesise
As an ally or a potential threatened target, you may have felt tremendous exhaustion and heavy heart following the Charlottesvile news. First, allow yourself to feel these emotions as they are, without judgement, and do so in a safe space. I cried in bed, and that is o.k.. Take some form of self-care, such as grounding or follow this guide. This here is an incredible guide for collective self-care, compiled through the kindness of strangers to support activists and groups dealing with sadness. It's necessary to synthesise information like this properly before we take action lest we make ill-informed decisions that can ensue due to anger or sadness even from the best-intentioned hearts.

Talk with family, friends, and coworkers if possible about how to take action against this racism and related hatred.  If you see people empowered by this event to vocalise inappropriate, racist, or intolerant comments, call them out. Keeping quiet further enables the rising culture and rhetoric of "Unite the Right" supremacists. Allowing these comments to be disengaged reiterates that it can be and is already accepted. 

Educate

You can also widen your depth of knowledge regarding the current state by enrolling in this free course called Resistance School created by Harvard University. It's free, allows individual or group registration, and you can start right here.

Call Representatives

This is an action that we should all regularly take. Tied to the point above, educate yourself on the stance your representatives take and urge them to protect everyone through legislative action. Use this website as a resource. It is designated into the seven main legislative categories of Immigration, LGBTQ equality, Health Care, Policing & Protest, Reproductive Justice, Voting Rights, and Economic Justice. legislation that is being considered, passed, and who is responsible for it as these vary according to state. You can also find out when your Senators & U.S. Representatives are holding town halls or other upcoming events to further inform yourself.

Solidarity Actions

In solidarity with those who have lost loved ones, those who have bravely stood against hate, and in spreading awareness, join a demonstration. Some of these have already happened but there are many that have yet to occur this week around the world and your city might be holding one. You can also print a flyer and distribute it across your town to let others know.

Trump Resistance Manual

The Trump Manual is an incredibly thorough tool that includes information on everything from state-level and federal policies to current legislative considerations and even crisis resources. It's also a resource for education with guides on topics such as contacting elected officials and recommendations for bystander intervention.It also encourages community engagement through local volunteer opportunity listings, which foster kindness and alliance against bigotry. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CURRENTLY CREASING №17


C U R R E N T L Y   C R E A S I N G
A collection of weekly reads to guide you through your days . . .

1 | Three ways to finally, seriously, yes this time and not in-five-minutes unplug
2 | Why LaCroix water is suddenly everywhere (petite P.S.—it's pronounced la croy)
3 | On how feminism doesn't mean liking every woman you meet
4 | A 101 on Aromatherapy
6 | Holding a newborn is therapy and here's why they smell too good to behold . . .
7 | Growing up, my mum, sister, and I often opted for organic rotisserie chicken in a time crunch. Here's how to pick the best out of the batch! 
8 | A quick guide: what is gelatin anyway?
9 | Where do those powders in your tonics & smoothies really come from?
10 | Deepen the umami of your meals by adding this one condiment to basically everything (just swap regular sugar with coconut sugar)

11 | On hushing that voice within that tells you YOU SUCK, to put it elegantly

the T H O U G H T  O F  T H E  W E E K
"Saying it out loud
makes it real"

—Courtney klein

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

THE GUIDE: HOW TO BE A MINDFUL HOST


T H E   G U I D E  |  H O W   T O   B E   A   M I N D F U L   H O S T
A guide to be a mindful host, from creating signature welcoming rituals to a playlist of chic tunes . . .

This is a guide in honour of a well-deserved feature on Pineapple, a revolutionary community for women in food that finally successfully weaves the good food movement with the foodie world to create a better food system. It solidifies the ground beneath growers, creators, and everyone in between so they may feed others and empower those who do so. If you're moved by their mission, please vote for their and consequently women in food's expansion here.

Pineapple takes its name on it being a symbol of a good host, hence the spotlight and dedication. Here are a few ways to be a mindful host, beyond simply showing your guests the essentials . . .


Accomodate
In the age where most everyone either has a dietary restriction or a specific diet, inquire about and accommodate your guests' dietary needs. As someone with Celiac's and autoimmune restrictions, I highly value this etiquette. Before my guests arrive, I ask of their preferences or allergies and their ideal breakfast spread. Having a familiar and comforting meal in the morning is a thoughtful way to make your guests feel more at home.

Petit presents
Something I came to call petit presents is what I have realised is an essential to being a good host. I have learned from my mother-in-love that mastering the smallest of details make the guests feel more at home. Staying at their house immediately felt comfortable yet luxurious from her impeccably-made bed—taught sheets, fluffed pillows to take you to cloud nine—to stashing treats she knows we enjoy in preparation of our arrival. Take cues from this tutorial or this one for a luxurious bed and keep an eye or ear out for your guests' favourite treats to surprise them at the table . . .

Chic Tunes
The first thing guests notice is the tunes that drift through your home, so let them be ones that put a happy pep in their step. Here's a recent little playlist I play when welcoming guests in . . .

Set the Scent
One of the first things a recent guest of ours noted upon his arrival was the scent wafting through our home. We have a signature scent that we light in our living room, giving a Proustian sensory meets an Anthropologie store experience for every time they step into our home.

Take a Seat
According to your guests' above-mentioned dietary needs, create a meal that not only accommodates everyone but is heightened in flavour. Make their trip to yours also a point of taking a trip to acquire the freshest of ingredients with which to prepare your meals. Buy local at the farmer's market, from the greens to the fruits, or stroll through a delicatessen for a spread of unusual finds . . . 

Create A Signature Ritual
I cap an evening with guests with a unique offering of calming tea latté to converse over into night. This not only creates conversation but is a unique signature that they remember from their stay that they look forward to in the next. I rotate my offerings, but below is my current treat. Find your own distinct ritual or offering that becomes a signature your guests eventually feel at home with . . .

D I R E C T I O N S | To make, simply blend in a high-speed blender hot but not boiling 1 cup of brewed chamomile tea with two tablespoons of coconut cream powder, a tablespoon of tocotrienols, one teaspoon of coconut butter, half a teaspoon of ashitaba, ¼ teaspoon of pine pollen, and stevia to taste!